According to the latest Malaysian weddings SOP, wedding events cannot last for longer than five hours. Couples who have opted against a long day prior to the pandemic will tell you that it worked well for them, so decide with your partner what’s most important to the both of you – there is no right or wrong way to do this! To help you with your planning, here are a few ideas:
Have your wedding ceremony at about 6pm (you might have to go with a simpler/condensed version of your religious ceremony) and move on to your dinner reception straight after. Aim for dinner to start at around 7pm if you are having the usual 10-course banquet. Guests should start arriving at around 530pm and your entire celebration should end at about 1030pm.
If you prefer not to rush through your religious wedding ceremony, why not have a 2-hour ceremony and end with a simple 3-course lunch? Not only will this be a more lighthearted celebration, it will also ensure more quality time for speeches and special items. This is a sample for church ceremony, feel free to tweak it with your own religious ceremony.
If cost isn’t an issue, you can still have both a lengthy wedding ceremony and long reception – as long as they aren’t on the same day. That means hiring vendors for two days. For those who prefer intimate celebrations, you could also consider having separate receptions for family members and friends.